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HD Camcorder...

I'm thinking about buying a new HD camcorder for my trip to Ukraine next week.
It's been quite a few years since I last looked at such things and was surprised that the consumer ones (at least at the budget end of the scale) no longer appear to come with viewfinders. I'm not too happy about having to shoot using the LCD screen Sad
Anyway, looking around local stores and the 'net I quite like the SONY HDRPJ260VE but it is at the top end of my budget (SWMBO wants and iPad as well Shocked).
Any camera must have 1920x1080 at 50p (not 50i). Don't need surround sound but would prefer the ability to plug in an external microphone.
Has anyone got any recommendations?
From previous knowledge and research I understand both Panasonic as well as Samsung are quite good along with SONY.

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